Through The Lens September 2015 – With David Russell Photography

  Check out some of my images from the past month, also don’t forget my show 32k, it’s happening on the 13th of November on a Friday at Blender Central. Facebook event page here.  


Interview – Knock

I first started seeing Knocks work around Melbourne some time ago, periodically appearing in run down abandos and a variety of walls sprawled across the city – immediately, there was just something that drew me to his work, whether it was the seemingly ordered chaos of his pieces, or the strange and pensively creepy character work that peered out from broken bricks, pinpoint eyes mirroring the decay around them. Like other artists who choose to follow this type chaotic expression, Knocks work is infused with a variety of influences from pop culture, to the surreal and macabre – his often

Exhibition – 100 Candles Game – By Barek – Off The Kerb

Inspired by the ancient Japanese game Hyakumonogatari Kaidenkai or 100 Candles Game. Around a circle of 100 lit candles––amidst a sum- mer chorus of frogs & insects––participants take turns telling a ghost story or supernatural tale, each snuffing a candle upon finishing. When the final candle is extinguished a Yōkai (ghost or spirit) can be seen with the naked eye… A collection of paintings, drawings & sculptures inspired by Japanese folklore and Kaidan (ghost stories) by artist Barek. Who: Barek. What: 100 Candles Game. Where: Off The Kerb Gallery, 66B Johnston Street, Collingwood. When: October 9th from 6-9pm – till the 23rd

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Sunshines Top 10 – September 2015

So Dean Sunshine has, yep, once again got out and about to get a bunch of great shots from around Melbourne of some of the finest shit on walls possible – welcome to Spring, people, theres going to be a lot more stuff going up over the next few months, so stay tuned as summer begins to roll in … 1. Unwell Bunny – Prahran 2. RusKidd – Fitzroy 3. Duke Style – Melbourne 4. Heesco Christopher Hancock – Melbourne 5. Phibs – Fitzroy 6. Mayo – Fitzroy 7. Lucy Lucy – Preston 8. Be Free – Collingwood 9. Putos –

Snapshots – Everfresh Studio – Open day 2015

Due to the popularity of last years open day, Everfresh decided to open it’s doors again for one day only and allow the public to walk through the studio and see the artists and their work up close and personal. For many people this would be the first time they would get to meet the artists who’s work they had seen all over Collingwood, Fitzroy and destinations around the world. This was also an opportunity to purchase some of their amazing work at a very reasonable price, so for those of you who were unable to make it down, here


Exhibition – Knock – Terra Senectus – Melbourne

At times wandering vagabond and all round grand artist and nice dude Knock will be having his Melbourne solo show at House Of Bricks next week, and its one that you really shouldn’t miss! “After having spent another summer in Berlin creating more visual stimuli ,”TERRA SENECTUS” represents a new body of work by the artist KNOCK. Opening October 2nd at HOB gallery. Translating to “old planet”, the paintings reference mythology and the unknown of yesteryear within deep time.. Deep time is the concept of geologic time. The modern philosophical concept was developed in the 18th century by Scottish geologist

Exhibition – 32K by David Russell – Blender Studios

Resident Photographer for Invurt and our good friend, David Russell is FINALLY having his 1st exhibition – and were super excited to share it with you.  I wrote this for his event page on Facebook:  “I first met David Russell in Hosier lane in 2012, I’d seen him a hundred times in various streets, lanes and at walls all over Melbourne before, but this time I decided to say hello. I’m glad I did. When I first met David his photography was a passion and a hobby. Since then David has become one of Melbourne’s most renowned and respected graffiti

Exhibition – Elle – Lucy Lucy – Juddy Roller

E L L E Elle is a collective representation of the universal feminine archetype. As a woman, She is femininity divided. We glimpse her many facets through her various portrayals, though the lines that separate her identities are blurred. Each persona, culture and story is enmeshed and intertwined to accentuate the figure they represent; strength, grace, and beauty embodied. Lucy’s work attempts to capture the evolving folklore of the feminine, exploring the diversity and boundaries of heritage. Whether a sovereign queen, a mystic sorceress, a youthful muse, or a charismatic lady, all share in the art and privilege of being


Event – Everfresh Open Studio – Collingwood

When you are talking about Melbourne street art – it’s hard not to mention the name Everfresh. The Everfresh crew have been an institution an integral part of street art in our city since day one. Funny, as I’m writing this from Tokyo I can see their stickers everywhere from their last visit.  Everfresh studios in Easey st was for ten years and when it closed a couple of years ago, I was rather sad. The place was like a museum for street art and graffiti. Even though that was the end of an era it was also the start

Through The Lens August 2015 – With David Russell Photography

For those of you who like my work, be sure to come to my first solo exhibition on Friday 13th of November at Blender studios, here you will see some images you may of seen in the past and a selection of new works. I really look forward to sharing my vision with you all , especially those that have followed me over the years and have watched my work progress to this point. One thing I can guarantee is you will see my work as you have never seen it before and that is printed on large glossy photo

Interview – ApeSeven

There is a curious thing happening in the world today, something vast and progressive, yet outside of the viewpoint of those who pay it little attention. We take it as given, we adapt to its changes and we feel its ubiquity without really understanding what is happening – because, for the most part, it is a juggernaut to which not only do we pay homage, but reverence; the deity of technology is overcoming mythos of old, replacing ancient beliefs with supplication to its all encompassing omniscience. This is the accelerando, the exponential change of technological progression, a bell curve of rapidity that is quickly outstripping our ability to understand all the changes as they occur.

This acceleration, however, is not unnoticed by all. Scientists from all fields, futurists such as Ray Kurzweil have written upon it and investigated it extensively, and an entire university has been created to track its development. One group of people, however, are at the forefront of pushing these developments into the minds of the human consciousness, and it is through the eyes of artists that these notions are being visually presented to the world at large. Some may shrug it off as merely being "sci-fi"; we call it an imperative gaze into the future of the human condition.

ApeSeven is a multidisciplinary artists whose work delves into areas associated with this rapid climb in technological ubiquity. His figures contain visages of flesh and steel, circuits and skin. ApeSeven presents these ideas with influences imbibed from graffiti, skate and hiphop culture. From found objects to aerosol, illustration and a veritable compilation of mix media talents, his work is that of a man looking forward into his own visionary world without leaving the context of the present.

Ideology, the scientific method, an affinity with traditional folkloric knowledge, as well as a reverence for the history of learning and progress, all play a role within ApeSevens work, the elements of which are all manifestly evident in the large, post-human figures found adorning the walls of the cities he visits.

We caught up with ApeSeven ahead of the end of his residency event at Sydneys DampSpace, where he has spent the last two or so months creating a wall piece that will shortly be unveiled. Read on

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Right back at the beginning, how did you start out drawing and painting, and how did you get into the creative game?

I started drawing in primary school at first for all the kids in class as part of their creative writing works… haha, I was an illustrator at the age of 8! It wasn’t until my later years snowboarding in Canada that painting came along as a means to relaxing in the evenings. I had the privilege  of meeting a fellow snowboarder US west Coast artist "Klutch" in the early 2000’s he essentially was the first person to invite me to exhibit my works in Portland and San Francisco.

Skate culture, hip hop, science, technology … all all are fertile grounds for artists when it comes to formative years and their original influences – why do these things hold resonance with you, and what do you believe it is about some of these influences that finds them pervasive in a lot of the art being produced today?

First and foremost skating was my first passion and in hindsight it was a creative outlet, one which helped me to redefine what urban spaces
original purpose was. Things were no longer pathways, walls, steps but obstacles which needed to be manipulated and mastered.

Rap and the early can do attitude of the hip hop music scene resonated with me, here were guys with no formal music training and basic equipment getting to express their ideas … very inspirational!

Science and technology are one and the same, and I guess they represent my more rational side. Yet upon thinking about it more … the same "can do" attitude from early scientists, with their abilities to imagine, theorize and then prove concepts … the mind boggles … awesome.

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One thing we’re interested in, is that we saw your interests also revolve around science, technology, and folklore – one would think that out of the three, that folklore is pretty far from technology, and people automatically get an idea of old stories and fabled tales  – but there is already a culture of folkloric mythology around technology and science, which has become more apparent over the years; how do you interpret this via your work, and what do these juxtapositions of concepts garner within it?

I interpret  this modern notion by combining visually organic elements, currently being skeletal structures and infusing them with notions of perpetual technology. These infusions are both represented by realistically painted tech and also by graphically painted symbols and nomenclature .

What I hope to explore is the idea of the new world religion "science", its past present and essentially create a visual science fiction of possible futures.

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You did some pretty cool stuff on glass bottles, do you often create art using found objects? What’s the coolest/weirdest/most random thing you have ever used to create with?

I think the use of found objects come from skateboarding years the whole reuse, redefine  idea. I think the weirdest thing would be using my own saliva to mix with paints so that I would leave a genetic signature …

Your technique is really varied, stencils to aerosol, traditional to mixed media – we often ask the question "Why is it important to vary your style" but we’re also curious – do you think that this time spent across various mediums means that it can take longer to master each one? Or is it a more complimentary evolution?

Mixed media represents the stratification of ideas and concepts in my head; within individual works there are many fulcrums of ideology and memory.

I guess  a thorough understanding of light is important whether you are painting or drawing. I don’t think of different media as complete
different tools and yes as you have suggested complimentary and

I think it is important to explore various techniques, from the point of view that it keeps you learning – hence keeping your thought processes fresh. I personally believe that you owe your existence/gifts to learning…

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Tell us a bit more about your aerosol work – how does this evolve out from the work you do with drawing and on canvases, and what techniques, if any, will you use both in the context of the piece zas well as in techniques, that differ between the two?

I think the evolution comes from an adaptation to paint works in public spaces quickly! The main ramifications being that I bring the aerosol component back to the studio as a mixed media tool.

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You’ve been named to be part of Secret Walls in Sydney this year; there’s a big buzz about both the Melbourne and Sydney competitions – what do you think is the best thing about the Secret Wars concept? 

If you look back at art history , many artists strive to achieve an efficient economy to their works. To put it another way "how can I best express what I want to say in the simplest way ???"  … I think Secret Walls is a modern perversion of this … and hence extremely challenging.

What do you feel are some of the most important aspects you’ll keep in mind whilst you’re up there battling it out, and what are some of the things you are going to keep in mind whilst you’re battling it out?

Technique, technique, technique … how am I going to push and pull
objects, ideas, in a quick ,efficient manner? As far as I am concerned
there is no crowd or people or third person observational world, just
an obstacle that needs to be overcome.

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Tell us about some of the work you’ve been doing in residency at Damp Space? How did you get involved with the guys there?

I live about five blocks away from Damp. Matt @ Damp simply contacted me, he had seen some of my prior works and wanted for me to have an exhibition – I suggested a direction away from your stock standard gallery show.

Damp space was essentially about giving my self time to work on one work, a mural titled "Former Glory". It is essentially an allegory of humankind’s evolutionary path and its effects on the other  species here on the planet.

What do you have planned for the rest of 2012 and beyond? What directions would you like to go in, and what as yet unrealized projects will you explore?

Yes , yes there is an exhibition coming up later in the year touring Sydney and Melbourne with another artist the curious beasts Kaitlin Beckett. I am just focusing on producing works at the moment – Ideologically the show is aligned to what I am currently working on @ Damp .

The main plan I have for this year is to do the Dobell @ AGNSW, and hence spend 3-4 months on one enormous drawing.

Also this year the concept of true collaboration has popped up, not simply painting stuff side by side with another artist, but engaging with them in a way that produces a third, different work. Currently is a slow process, but some opportunities have arisen …

Check out ApeSevens website for more info on the artist!

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